APERF grants announcement 2018
Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Buldt from La Trobe University and Dr. Sheree Hurn from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are the recipients of the annual APERF grant program that aims to improve podiatry research in Australia. Specifically, APERF was set up to promote foot health and to fund research into the causes and treatment of foot problems.
At its 27thboard meeting, APERF`s Board of Trustees approved grants totaling over $35,000 to investigate a significant problem or develop new knowledge in the theory or practice of podiatry.
Dr. Andrew Buldt`s research project aims to explore how people with midfoot osteoarthritis walk or perform functional tasks. The laboratory-based biomechanical analysis of people with midfoot osteoarthritis will provide evidence to support the development of mechanical interventions such as foot orthoses and footwear.
Dr. Sheree Hurn`s research will investigate foot muscle activity during balance tasks in adults with hallux valgus. The research will improve understanding of how selective foot muscles work in people with hallux valgus; and results from this study will help inform the development of interventions that will improve balance and reduce falls risk in older adults with hallux valgus.
All APERF grants are provided to research projects that the Trustees consider to be of the highest quality and the most worthwhile from the applications received in a given year. Ethical, methodological and practical issues are all considered carefully in the review of applications, which includes a detailed review process that is applied to each application equally.
APERF would like to thank all applicants of the 2018 grant program and invite more podiatry researchers to apply in 2019.